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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:45 am Reply with quote
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That's a cool dial, John! I don't know if Jos Moorhouse ever signed an Elgin watch. And just because the numerals are not Roman does NOT mean Moorhouse was involved.

But a rare dial. Jon would know better, but I have never seen an Arabic numeral dial on an Elgin that old, which judging by the case is probably pre-1875. Roman numerals still held the day at that point. Someone at Elgin or outside of Elgin was engaged to draw that dial up on special order. Is it signed by anyone on the back?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:56 am Reply with quote
John B Scott
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The Elgin Arabic dial came loose, a long time ago. I forget the details but it is old (and unsigned) - 1870s to mid 1880s, I would say. Currently it is on a Grade 69 BWR (263412, as it happens).

Until now, I had never thought of the dial as a possible Moorhouse but I have always thought it to be special - not just because it is such an early Arabic but also because of its artistic character. It was evidently created by someone of considerable talent.

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